African Americans have historically struggled to retain land that has been held in their families for generations as heirs’ property, or land held collectively by heirs of the original owners without clear title. Ethnographic interviews with sixty landholding African American families in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Alabama reveal the cultural meanings associated with family land, forestland in particular, and the role of heirs’ property in inhibiting forest management, including the threat of land loss, intra-family conflict, and legal limitations on forestry activities.

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  • Title: Valuation of Heirs’ Property by African American Landowners
  • Description: ‘‘A Privilege and a Challenge’’: Valuation of Heirs’ Property by African American Landowners and Implications for Forest Management in the Southeastern U.S.
  • Authority: Peer Reviewed Research Paper
  • Subject: Small-scale Forestry
  • Date: 2017-1-6
  • Creator: Sarah Hitchner
  • Contributor: John Schelhas
  • Format: pdf
  • Coverage: USA, Southeast
  • Data integrity check passed: Yes
  • Unique Database ID: 4590
  • Language: English
  • Methodology: Peer Reviewed
  • Publisher: Springer - Small-scale Forestry
  • Relation: SFLR
  • Rights: Copyright Steve Harrison, John Herbohn
  • Source: DOI 10.1007/s11842-017-9362-5
  • Type: Journal article
  • Version: 1.0.0